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  1. I’m hoping somebody might be able to offer me some advice. I’m a newer fish-keeper that keeps killing any neocaridina shrimp I try to introduce to my tank. I have a 6 month old tank that’s heavily planted. Most of my plants are doing really well. I have some hard scape that shrimp can hide in and a sand substrate. In the tank I have 1 mystery snail and a school of 10 neon tetras that I’ve had no issues with, I only lost one tetra shortly after setting the tank up. They get fed hikari micro pellets and xtreme krill flakes. I have tried to keep neocarinidina shrimp since day one, introducing probably 15-20 to this point. Most of them never survived beyond a month. I had a couple that were first introduced 6 months ago that lasted until this past week, but now they too passed. They’ve been fed algae wafers and hikari shrimp cuisine. The tank is cycled, temperature is good, all parameters that can be tested on the general test strips and a master test kit have always been testing at acceptable levels, so I’m trying to figure out what else could be going wrong? Looking into it some more, I did find that my local tap water has copper in it, so I’m wondering if that could be the cause? Any help would be appreciated.
  2. I am planning on trying to keep/breed cherry shrimp again (I tried keeping them early on but the few I had died out) and found this article. I thought it was pretty good so I thought I would share for those interested. I thought the "behavior" section was quite interesting. https://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/MISC/cherry_shrimp.html
  3. One shall never, ever, go internet shopping when the brain has been seriously crippled by poor quality air and excessive heat! Last night, in the fog of my misfiring synapses I succumbed to the enticing little eyes looking at me from the screen and pushed the "add to cart" button. Worse, I went through the whole checkout process unfazed by the sheer act that this is the most expensive critter I will ever possess! Three Vampire crabs are on the way! So, of course I do not have a tank for them. Yet. I will be transforming the 6 gal. bookshelf into a paludarium, so today is frantic transformation of the tank, especially newly required lids that I have to build since they are escape artists. Will be moving the baby and most adult cherry shrimps into the Pygmy corydoras tank, and rescape the tank a bit. I should credit @Patrick_G for getting me into thinking about these crabs again. Photos coming once it gets lighter and I document the mess. 😁
  4. Formerly called the Doghouse Tank (How a nearly dead Marimo leads to 180+gal in less than 3 months.) It all started with a stupid moss ball It all started innocently enough. The wife had found a genuine marimo moss ball online that hadn't been disposed of in the great zebra muscle kill (and wasn't just some java moss tied to some cork) off and without a plan beyond 'I can put it in a mason jar, till I find an aquarium' adopted it. We were both stunned when the package arrived. Instead of a small box with one of those dinky beta cups in it as we expected, the package was a bubble envelope the size of a business card, that looked like it had been run over a half a dozen times. Inside was a tiny ziplock bag, with a mostly brown, flat little blob the size of a dime. How long had this marimo been sitting on a shelf in a warehouse somewhere?! We popped it in a jar, convinced it was all but dead, and moved on. But the wife had the itch, she wanted a tank, even if it was just a small desktop number. A few days later she brought home a zen tank she'd found for free on Facebook marketplace a few miles from the house. A whopping 3.5 gallons total. We've both had tanks in the past, but this is by far the smallest thing either one of us has tried to do. After giving her a hard time about it being tiny, etc. We headed up to aquarium coop to figure out what to do with this tiny tank so it wasn't just a sad tiny moss ball we were still convinced was going to die any day now. We both fell in love with the little planted nano tank that lives in the shrimp room at aquarium co-op and set about making a version of our own. Not even halfway home we decided to upgrade the sad little 3.5 to a bigger tank so we could do some more complicated plants. We ended up getting a 20 long, 2 of the fluval planted tank lights, and hooking it all up to the sump from my old 150gal. The idea was to have larger water volume, while keeping the tank small enough to still sit on the desk space the wife had planned for the little 3.5, The river tank was born: We scrounged up some driftwood from our property and cleaned it up and boiled it. Added our substrate, planted our goodies from Aquarium Coop and let the tank run for a few weeks before adding our first round of cherry shrimp, and the neon tetras, and our score of the evening, a pair of uncommon galaxy ottos. A month later, the wife brought home a few wood shrimp to add to the collection. Now I'm hooked again too. Helping the wife setup her office tank has been a great project for us to both work on, and it's reminded me of how much I love this hobby. So tomorrow, (4/15/22) we are driving into Seattle to pick up a 180gal tank, and stand. We are planning on sticking with the nano river bottom theme, but going on a much larger scale. The long term plan is 300+ nano fish, cherries for days, and a few other friends I'm sure. We hope you enjoy this journey with us, it sure has been a weird ride so far. And to think, it all started with a nearly dead marimo.
  5. Story time: I had a thriving heavily planted aquarium with 7 corys, 2 otos, 25 olive nerites, 8 amanos, and an indeterminate number of RCS's for a little over a year. I had to leave for a work engagement for about a month and had a friend (who knows nothing about aquariums) feed the tank a tiny pinch sinking wafers every three days. Friend told me the tank was starting to grow algae pretty bad, but I said, "don't worry about it." My octopus plants apparently took over the tank. I returned to a tank with horribly fouled water, ALL of my RCS's gone, all but one olive nerite dead and fouling the water, algae out of control with tons of that weird foamy algae that grows from too much protein. The Amanos all happy and healthy--nice and chonky--and all of the fish alive and healthy looking though hiding much more than usual. I'm still finding empty snail shells every once in a while after three weeks trying to recover my tank. My vals, java ferns, and amazon sword died from being covered in a film of algae. Crypts, octopus, dwarf sag, dwarf lily fine though disappointed in being neglected. The java moss died where I placed it and grew onto the log in the tank. Tank parameters: 60 gal; "hot rodded" HOB; airstone; bubble bio MB filter 75°F 7.3pH 0ppm NH3 0ppm N02 10ppm N03 0ppm Cu 10 dGH 10 dKH For an entire year the inverts in my tank have kept it great shape sometimes a little too much poop but nothing that was a problem. I had read that sometime neocardinias get some kind of black rot (from overcrowding, I think) that is very contagious amongst themselves and nearly 100% fatal if not dealt with. I took a sample of my water to the local aquarist shop to have them test to see if the water conditions were borked. They said the pH was a little high but nothing too bad. So I bought 30 more RCS's. Within a week, all gone, no corpses, no reds. I tested the water again with roughly the same result as above (I think the hardnesses varied slightly). I'm still battling the algae that grew on everything but the water remained clear and it is slowly getting back to being nice to look at. However, I'm very disheartened and on the verge of scooping up fish and amanos and re-doing the entire tank. TL;DR Did my corys get starved while I was away and have a taste of shrimp and that's what they want to eat now? Why did all of my inverts except Amanos, and one olive nerite die, but the fish are fine? Thanks for sticking through the story.
  6. I have a 40 gallon breeder tank that I set up on 8/16/21. I am testing what plants will do well in my water so currently it is lightly planted. On 9/3/21 I added about 20 cherry shrimp to the tank as the only inhabitants. Over time I have been slowly losing them one by one and I cannot determine why. Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated. Death Rate: 9/3/21 At the beginning I lost like 2 shrimp but I'm taking them as shipping casualties. 9/24/21 I lost one shrimp a day for 4 days then I lost maybe 2 outside this window. 10/12/21 I added 4 quarantined Blue Neon Goby to the tank and the shrimp seemed to stop dying. 10/26/21 I lost one shrimp each day for 3 days. I lost a total of 3 between the 26th and now. When they die they are still in one piece, the other shrimp do not eat the corpse. With exception to one the bodies were not in the tank a day. The one that was in longer was in the rock pile and when I took it out it was nibbled on a little. Tank mates: In the tank I also know I have detritus worms, Rhabdocoela worms, and a happy colony of bladder snails. I also have the 4 Neon Goby. Plants are riccia, water wisteria, philo moss, tiger lotus bulb, dwarf sagitaria, and some crypt parva. (The bacopa and the scarlett temple are giving up the ghost) Shrimp Behavior: At work my shrimp are always moving around and eating stuff. They seem to be very active and happy/hungry. At home my shrimp seems to just stand still a lot, and are cleaning their swimmerettes very often. They do swim around and will eat but don't seem to do it as often or as constantly as my shrimp at work. They also seem to eat for just a little bit and then will leave it alone to rot or for the snails to find it. As my snail population has grown the food will disappear overnight or so. I have one shrimp that is berried but she only has like 5 eggs. I have 2 more in the tank that have a giant saddle and I would expect them to be berried soon. I will be interested to see how many eggs they produce. I see molts often so I assume they are molting fine. The calcium on the test is the same as it is at work, but reaching for straws I did put a wonder shell in the back of my cave. Food: soylent green repashy, BacterAE, Hikari crab cuisine, hikari micro pellets, and recently started adding frozen rotifers and baby brine shrimp. I usually rotate the food but the Repashy and bacterAE seem to do the best so they are fed more often. Water conditions: The water conditions are quite stable at the below parameters. I tested the water at every death and it was fairly consistent as well. Ammonia=0, Nitrites=0, Nitrates~20ppm PH=8.0, GH=14 degrees, Kh=10 degrees Calcium=3.5 degrees, Copper=0 ppm (only tested once today) Water change: I change about 20% water on a weekly basis. At the beginning I tried not changing water for 2 weeks but then two shrimp died. The water parameters were consistent when I changed that water out and have not let it sit since. I noticed on two occasions they they would die on day day 5 or so of the water change week. When doing water changes I dose Prime and Easy Green into the tank at the recommended doses. Plea for help: I feel like I have exhausted my knowledge and anything else that I could look up. I was hoping that when the copper test came in today that it would be through the roof but that is not the case. I would be happy to hear any suggestions of what to test or do, because I am at a loss as to why I am consistently losing them. Thank you for your time, Brad
  7. I'm semi-new to keeping cherry shrimp and after about 4 months I've started to see them breed but have yet to be successful. I have a large female who is berried and it all seems to be contained under her abdomen area and the process seems to be going correctly for her. I have two smaller females and some of their eggs are hanging out of their abdomen, they don't fan their eggs nearly as often and one has been berried now for almost 5 weeks which from what I read is too long. Ill attach a few pictures of the smaller ones. Could the smaller ones eggs maybe not be fetilized? Any ideas? Thanks.
  8. Sunday Fun Day😄 10g hospital/quarantine tank: Current home to 10-ish? ghost shrimp (the shrimp shenanigan's as they're starting to be known) that were gifted to me Friday as well as a mass of java moss. Oh! and a newly found bladder snail. 20% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Filter is hob that came with the larger tank (marked whisper 20-40 on spill edge) that I fitted with a nylon to help keep out the java moss. Pruned back some of the devil's ivy (pothos) in the filter hopper and rinsed filter 'bag' in dirty tank water. Replaced the charcoal in filter bag as I kept the bag since the ivy has started root in it. [Note: will cut apart the bag material before replacing to keep some in tank and reposition to keep roots in place.] Brushed off java moss from nylon and moved some into 3d printed floating pot. Lastly, rock with moss on it to the spill edge to slow down flow. Added pvc tubes to add hide spots/exploration places for the shrimps. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. Nylon is holding up better than anticipated. -Research ghost shrimp care and breeding. Pretty sure there are a couple females with eggs. -Research calcium supplements. We have r/o well water here so any such minerals will need to be added. -Put in fancy substrate? Did pick up Fluval Stratum but realize after some more videos that it might be more muss than its worth for the shrimps? -Add more plants. Will clip some water sprite and pennywort from large tank to move into this one. 39g Goldfish Community tank: Current home to one shubunkin (Shu), two fancy fantails (Pooh & Tail), red cap oranda (Baby) and one surprise koi (yet unnamed) gifted to me on Friday. (the koi was supposed to be another shubunkin - was a surprise when I saw the little whiskers😄) 10% water change - parameters tested 0 ammonia/5 nitrates before change Slight gravel vac done to get up excess food and poop. Reburied plants that had been disrupted during the week. Brushed moss off from filter intake and added to a floating pot. Starting to see some aggression from Shu (shubunkin) towards Baby (oranda). No tail or fin nipping as I was kind of expecting, instead Shu is nipping at Baby's face. I don't see any marks or wounds but am starting to see a bit of a red streak starting in Baby's tail. Seems to do it mostly around feeding time. All fish except koi are handfed pieces of Repashy super gold in addition to a larger chunk being dropped in the tank (all together it equals out to about .25tsp). May try moving to 3 feedings per day from current 2. Shu's color seems to have stabilized again though I'm still keeping tabs of spots that I think may be or have been ammonia burn. Baby's tail is still a bit bent from where it has started growing back in. Concerned about possible stress from Shu causing the red streak in tail Koi seems to be settling in fine. Kept overnight in 10g and then given a paraguard bath before moving to tank. Having koi and Shu has moved up pond plans for this year. Thankfully craigslist to the rescue and I have a couple messages out for larger tank and stock tank/pond. Originally I was hoping to set up the pond in a greenhouse to run it year 'round but that may have to wait. Tank Goals: -Move java moss to floating planter. -Keep monitoring Shu and Baby -Start work with koi in a couple weeks to get him comfortable with hands; point work -Track down larger tank/pond for Shu & koi -Research greenhouses; heating in particular
  9. I added 8 orange cherry shrimp 🦐 to my tank on Monday early afternoon, by the evening I could only find 3 of them, next day I could only find 3 again but later counted 5, today I seem down to 2 as far as I can tell (I've checked like a hundred times). Should I be worried? I'm sure they are good at hiding but it's only a 20 gallon tank, it's moderately well planted but nothing I have is particularly dense and I can't figure out where they could be hiding. No bodies or anything either, I've even checked inside my filter and can't see any dead or alive, though unfortunately my filter is a horrible big bulky internal filter that you can't see into the pump housing compartment (so only looked where the sponge/media and heater are). Are they just really shy and adept at hiding or have they got sucked into the pump or something? If that happened would they be killed and their bodies be spat out of the pump/filter?
  10. If you have been successful setting up a cherry shrimp breeding operation, I want to hear from you. I have tried in three separate tanks to get a colony of cherry shrimp going, and I just cannot get it to stick. I start with 10 or 11 shrimp, provide a variety of foods (algae wafers, hikari shrimp food, extreme flakes, AC fry food), ensure there is driftwood and live plants, cycle the tanks fully, and yet I see only occasional molting and no breeding whatsoever. The shrimp will be fine for a week or two, and then I start losing one a day or every other day until they are all gone. I have been trying to keep them in shrimp only tanks to avoid fish picking off the theoretical babies. I'm about to give up on shrimp, which is sad, because I'm really into them. What specific setups have people been using that work, and what is the most likely thing I'm doing wrong? My water specs are: PH = 7.2-7.4 Nitrates = 10-20 ppm Nitrites/Ammonia = 0 ppm chlorine = 0 ppm GH = 12 dh (buffered up from default 3-4 dh in tap water with Wonder Shell) KH = 5dh Temp = 72-74F (no heaters in tanks, Water is just the ambient temperature of my house during summer months) copper = 0.029 ppm (per local water report) lead = 0 ppm (per local water report) I was listening to an old Aquarist podcast with Cory yesterday and they talked about STT (seasoned tank time) being important for shrimp. My tanks have been set up anywhere from 3 to 7 months, and I do a good job of keeping algae growth sparse. Are others able to grow out shrimp in clean tanks? should I be doing something differently to encourage biofilm production? I'd love to see pictures of your successful setups so I can perhaps glean some information from that.
  11. Hello! This is an updated picture of my fish room dedicated to shrimp for profit. I’m moving only as fast as cash will allow me. I know I could have done more 10s or some 20s, but I wanted my premium RCS in the 20L so that way I can monitor and cull easier. I might add another 10 gallon or a 20. Maybe down the road build another stand for below and put some more tanks on it. Nothing fancy, this is all I can afford currently. No fancy auto water changes or drains (though my washer and dryer are right by it and I could use that drain (TBD)). I have a stingray light coming as well as an Amazon basics long power strip for behind the tanks to clean things up. Just wanted to share what I’m up to. I’m really enjoying this and I love seeing the messages from people saying how they love my shrimp. you can clearly see aquarium coops influence on me. Seen are their sponge filters, I’m getting the finnex light, the Ned trio is sitting there ect. Haha.
  12. Any suggestions on what to do with too many cherry shrimp? I've got a thankful of the bloody Mary colored shrimp, and no room for another tank. How about suggestions on limiting breeding? I'm trying not to feed them too much.
  13. I just got a breeding group of Red Cherry Shrimp that I wanted to keep with my 4 Amano shrimp in the same tank? I would hope to breed them but I wasn't sure if the Amano would eat the babies or adult cherries. Am I better off keeping them separate or will they get along fine as long as I keep them well fed? Tank is full of Java Moss and I feed hikari crab cuisine and new life spectrum algaemax pellets
  14. Ten gallon tank, moderately planted. I'd like to put a breeding pair* of scarlet badis in with an existing colony of about 30-40 cherry shrimp and some junk guppies. How about multiple male scarlet badis? Thoughts? Experiences? *If I can find any females.
  15. Hi all - what are your thoughts about putting in 10 red cherry shrimp in a 15 gal with 4 otos? I supplement the existing algae with a daily algae wafer, and the otos seem to be doing good with that. That said, I had no idea how voracious the otos were with respect to algae!!! They crushed all of the algae overgrowth in a matter of days. Are the shrimp the same way? The tank is planted (Anubias nana, Pogostemon Stellatus Octopus, and Staurogyne Repens), and also has a few white cloud and glow light tetras, so they get flake food. Would love your thoughts and wisdom… thanks!
  16. I bought a half dozen red cherries from my lfs a few months back and they're breeding like crazy. I can't even count the adult sized ones anymore and there is easily 50 babies I can count at any given time in various sizes. I'm wondering why some are turning out this low grade color and some turn out solid and bright more like what I bought from the store. Is it a matter of age or gender or is it just that you only get a few high grade ones from each clutch? If I separated a few bright ones in a tank is this basically how people develop better color or is the selective breeding process more complex than that?
  17. Had RCS in a 10 gallon tank for 7 months with no causalities. It is a bare bottom tank with few batches of java fern. A few days ago, I noticed two (younger ones) that have died and chalked it up to a failed molt. However, I am noticing a lot more dying every day. Today there were about 7 that died. The ones that are dying have the "cream filling" in their abdomen. The ones that are struggling usually stop moving or have trouble swimming, and end up falling on their side or upside down. They occasionally move their legs around but they never upright themselves. Any idea what it can be? I attached a picture that shows the "cream filling" next to another one that doesn't have it. Edit: Maybe it is muscular necrosis, I did a 50% water change. Final Edit: Muscular necrosis quickly spread to the other shrimp, I assume it is from eating the dead shrimp that was infected. After two weeks, almost 80% of the population have died. I am expecting all the infected to eventually die off. This is what I suggest if you find yourself in my shoes. Immediately separate the ones that have the white abdomen from the main tank into a separate container. If too many are infected, move the healthy ones into another container. Place ones you are unsure about into another container and monitor them. If they end up okay, you can just place them with the healthy ones. You can do water changes on the tank but I believe the most important step is to separate the healthy from the infected. I don't know what caused this, I can only suspect it was from a zucchini I didn't boil. I just used the microwave, and maybe there was still pesticide on it. I honestly have no idea what caused this and it is probably one of the most frustrating aspects of this hobby. Feel free to message me if you have any questions. pH - 7.6 Nitrates - 40PPM Hardness - 12 Nitrite - 0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 7 Water Temperature - 80.5F
  18. Hello all, We have 2 cherry shrimp that just gave birth to shrimpletts. Now everyone in the office is asking me how long till the two we have can breed again. I can find lots of information as to how long it will take for the babies to get to birthing age, but not how often they can give birth. Does anyone know how long it takes before a single shrimp momma can become berried again?
  19. Hi Everyone.. I've got a heavily planted nano tank with 6 red cherry shrimp. Because they came from my other colony I picked one female and 5 male. They've been there a couple of months happily bumbling about doing their thing. Today noticed the female is very berried... then one of the males 'attacked' her! he got her on her back and it looked like he 'bit' her eggs! she hid and he chased her and did it again. Do you think I need to rescue her? or was he just in the mood and didn't realise she was already pregnant? I could put in another female that's almost ready
  20. Hello everyone, I’m getting some new guppies and cherry shrimp in. The tank I’m planning on putting them in is a 29g which has been up and running for over 2 years and seems to be cycled. I tested the water today, PH was 8.2 ,no ammonia or nitrite, and 10ppm nitrate with a GH of over 215.8ppm and a KH of 196.9ppm. I tested the KH and GH straight out of the tap and had the same readings. Is this too much hardness and too high of a ph in the water that would be harmful to the guppies and cherry shrimp???
  21. Anyone in the central Florida area have cherry shrimps for sale or know where I can get some good ones reasonable price? Would like to get some local
  22. So Monday I bought 10 of the blue shrimp for my 20 long planted tank I have the fluval stratum substrate and my ammonia was at 0.25 so did a water change this morning I found a dead shrimp found a molt from one of the shrimps too is there something going on or cause of adding new water stressed out more and caused it ? Any advice would be appreciated I’m new too shrimp and the tank been running over a week used turbostart 700 and and some zyme 7
  23. one cherry shrimp got some stripes. is it pre-molting signs, some deficiencies in food or some other thing.
  24. I have breeding for profit tank with tons of cherry shrimp and tons of plants and it is hard to catch them any suggestions to make it easier.
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